Urban Refuge News

Senior High - Canoeing Outing

Sunday, August 27, 11:45 AM-6:00 PM, Welch Mill. High Schoolers - we'll head out after church, for some fun in the sun and water, to Welch Mills in Welch, MN about an hour away. Cost is $15/person for a two person canoe. We'll stop some where close for lunch, so bring a few dollars for that too. Wearing old tennis shoes is recommended for when you're in the river. RSVP to Pastor Andy at andy@theurbanrefuge.com or 612-227-2553. Parents are welcome to come and some drivers are needed.

Improving Your Relational Care!

Special All Location Event

This invigorating two part seminar conducted by Pastor Pat Sokoll from Colorado will increase your ability to connect emotionally with others and helping them engage with God personally to find freedom and clarity in their lives. All Leaders and Apprentices are especially encouraged to attend but this is open to anyone that would like to strengthen emotional connectivity in your relationships with your spouse, children, and friends. Childcare is provided.

Youth Group Kickoff

Junior and Senior High

Wednesday, September 6, 6:45-8:45 PM, The Urban Refuge. All youth age 11 through 12th grade along with their parents are encouraged to attend. We’ll meet in the sanctuary for a time of worship, a short presentation giving our vision for the coming year, followed by rootbeer floats downstairs. Questions? Contact Christopher (Junior High) at cstookey@gmail.com or 612-816-0640 or Bryan (Senior High) at bryankingmn@gmail.com and 612-559-8153.

Adoption & Foster Care Group

Saturday, September 9, 5:00-8:00 PM, Room TBD. Please join us as we kick off another year! All individuals or families who are at any stage of adopting or fostering are welcome to join us. We meet on the second Saturday of the month from September through May. Questions? Contact Tasha Ness at adoptedfamilies@theurbanrefuge.com.

Small Group Training

Saturday, August 26, 9:30-11:30 AM. Urban Refuge, Room TBD.


All 2017-2018 small group leaders should plan to attend this small group training on August 26th. The training will include updated material from what you may have received last year, and we would like to have all leaders start the 2017-2018 season on the same page.


If you are interested in leading a group, we are looking for ten new small group leaders. You must have attended Urban Refuge for at least six months, and completed (or intend to complete) our membership class.

Questions?  Contact Terrance Rollerson at terrance@theurbanrefuge.com.

Note on Street Parking

Out of respect for our neighbors, please park more than 5’ away from driveways and alleys. Some neighbors have found it challenging to exit their driveways and the alleys safely with the cars parked too closely. There is ample parking available along Todd Park (at 56th and Chicago).

Urban Refuge Street Team

Outreach to the Twin Cities

First Saturdays-Each Month, 11:20 AM-1:30 PM, Meet at Urban. Does your heart burn within you when you're with Jesus? Would you like to go throughout the Twin Cities and rely on His power to open the scriptures to people you meet on the street? If God's Spirit is nudging you, come along and share His greatness with those who are willing to listen. We go out the 1st Saturday of each month. Questions? Contact Oscar Womack III at 612-860-4165 or oscarwomackiii@gmail.com.

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39.


Would you like to help serve?

Scripture tells us that God has given each one of us a spiritual gift unique to the needs within His church body. Thus, if He has led you here, then He has given you a gift to use in support of His work here. With that confidence, join us in bringing praise to Him by making a difference in our community and within our church family. Pick up an Engage brochure from the Welcome Table or view the info HERE and find a ministry that interests you and contact one of the leaders. We’d love it if you were to join us.

Multi-location News


For three weeks in August, Evergreen, The Rock, and The Urban Refuge, will be uniting around a special message series called “United by the Core.” You will hear messages from gifted pastors and testimonies from members sharing an array of faith-inspiring stories. These three weeks will stir up your faith, hope and love! 


This year we are spotlighting "Core Value 1: Grace & Love" with a message series entitled, The Burning Heart of God. At the very core of God is a burning, passionate, inexhaustible love--a love so great that God put his precious Son in our place – bearing the wrath and punishment for our sin. Why? For God so loved the world!


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

heart, soul, mind & strength

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, The Urban Refuge (5501 Chicago Ave. S Mnpls), Gathering Space. Join me for a workout that seeks to nurture all of you– heart, soul, mind, and strength. Open to all who are seeking something more in a group fitness class, let's redefine what it is to be fit. Classes will encourage you to become more fit and to live a life that is healthy and whole so that you are better able to love God and others. Questions? Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at 952-687-1217 or crystalvandy@gmail.com. (Check the calendar HERE in case of cancellations)




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